November 20th, 2009
11:34 AM ET
13 years ago

Democrats slam GOP as party of 'fear' in health care debate

Washington (CNN) - Traditional Senate decorum yielded to brass-knuckle politicking in the health care debate Friday as top congressional Democrats sought to close party ranks before a key procedural vote this weekend.

Senate Democrats slammed their Republican colleagues as leaders of a counterproductive party of fear caught in an obstructionist mindset dating back to the New Deal. Republicans, in turn, ripped Democrats for pushing a bill that conservatives claim will force millions of Americans to drop insurance plans they like while jacking up premiums and doing nothing to slow spiraling medical costs.

The harsh rhetoric served as a backdrop for a rare Saturday night Senate
vote on whether to formally proceed with floor debate on Senate Majority Leader

Harry Reid's sweeping $848 billion health care bill.

If Republicans stay unified in opposition to the bill, Reid will need the support of all 58 Senate Democrats along with independent Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to reach the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster.

Three key Democratic moderates - Sens. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska - have refused to publicly indicate if they'll back Reid. Each has expressed concern about the cost and scope of the legislation.

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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. andy

    Kick the gOP all you want. At least we are not Obama bobblehead sheeple. You dems haven't even read the 2000 plus pages of lies spit out by Reid . IF dems didin't believe everything they were told and actually think, they would realize what a pile of crap this bill is. Quit blaming Bush for Obamas lack of doing anything other than campaign.

    November 20, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. ps

    Pat F wrote November 20th, 2009 3:03 pm ET
    "Did you like the Federal Death Panel's decision on mammograms? Then you'll just LOVE Obamacare – until they decide that YOUR life isn't worth the money to save"

    Just another GOP fear monger. !! The "death panels"are in Private Health insurance companies, who denies coverage with fabricated preexisting conditions. The decision on Mammograms were put out by a task force led by medical specialists unaffiliated to the federal government. That was based on facts, and not by fiction.

    November 20, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Mickey

    Traitor Joe Lieberman will be cut loose after this is all over. The GOP has become the party of fear, hatred and racism.

    The Dems need to cram this bill right down the Republican's pie hole...enough is enough. To coin a phrase from G.W. Bush: " are either with us, or agianst us..."

    GOP: Evolve or die

    November 20, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. ps

    Honest AB wrote November 20th, 2009 3:07 pm ET
    "Johnny DC – We just call it like we see it! Bush was doing worst than this administration, but strangely we didn't hear any of you screaming and crying about the deficit or what your grandbabies, babies, moma's babies and anybody else baby would have to pay. You people make me sick with your hypocricy. It is, what it is, racism and hate. The sad thing about all this is is that this had been going on in this country since the white man took over the land from the indians and mexicans, but no one ever complained. Where was the opposition then? Where was the outcry for justice then? Where was the worry of drowning in debt then? Oh, I forgot the right man with the right color was in office and it dosen't matter what they do, it will always be alright. This country is just sick! And to be honest, I am just sick of this country and its hypocricy and undercover of racism.

    So I guess the old saying applys here, "What's good for the goose isn't good for the gander." Right? Republican and conservative my foot, more like I will not be governed by a black man!"


    November 20, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Rick in AZ

    At what point does a campaign contribution become a bribe. Joe Lieberman and the Republican leadership know.

    November 20, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Peter s

    And the worst fear I have is that, democrates don't call on the gop lies even when they do! its too late and the damage is done! remember the death panels from the pathological liar from Alaska! now the GOP is talking about National debt like Obama was/is the President for the last ten years. Democrates need to undestand that with 72% of the population without college degree! this demographic is easily manupilated by hannity, limbaugh and becks!. whichever crap is floated there! they take it on the face value!. time to push back and hard is now!! not tomorrow not 2010 not 2012 now !!!!!

    November 20, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. ib

    Fear of this bill is not the correct word. It should be terrified of this thing. The demo's are going to ruin our health care by raming this thing down our throat. We need reform not total destruction. Vote them out in 2010.

    November 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Dar

    I love how all the people here that are saying how dumb the Repubicans are and how smart the libs are.

    I bet that not one of you have read the bill and understood it, did you.

    You Dems just do what you are told by the Odumbo team and beleive it.

    You really beleive everything that comes out of the congress is true???????

    I have learned one thing in my years, there is no such thing as a clean bill, allways a loop hole or pork money to certain companies that will take care of the bill, and you can make sure that the people in congress who want this bill passed will make money off of it. They will buy stock in the company that only they know in advance and get rich. It is the way it is done people.
    Do you think that a congressman who lives in a millon dollar home on 150,000 dollar a year job, open your eyes

    November 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    @haren: "...they are not welfare recipients but regular guys with job, who can not afford health care in the RICHEST COUNTRY in the world."

    The maybe health care "reform" should address the costs of health care–which is what the Republicans keep trying to propose–rather than trying to turn it into an entitlement program, which is what the Democrats are proposing.

    November 20, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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